POSTSECONDARY ELECTRONIC STANDARDS COUNCIL
Michael D. Sessa, PESC
"The alliance between HR Open Standards & PESC allows us to coordinate standards development efforts, exchange knowledge, advance interoperability, and educate the community regarding standards, all of which benefit our members and the industry."
HR Open Standards Consortium
"PESC…a strong and influential
voice for promoting national and international standards to facilitate
postsecondary data exchange."
Ken Sauer, Ph.D., Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
News & Press
Announcements, Newsletters & Applications
“As the exchange of student data becomes digitized, we maintain our commitment to standards and join PESC in its mission to develop data standards in the education domain and to staying in the forefront of technological advancement.”
President, Board of Directors, Association of International Credential Evaluators
“Data standards, trusted source,
empowerment, mobility and its value
to students, education & employers
are the centerpieces of our work.”
Frank C. Cicio, Jr.
CEO and Founder
“The Chamber Foundation is excited
to join PESC and to contribute
toward the ongoing development
of data standards for education."
Jason A. Tyszko, Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Center for Education and Workforce
NEWS & PRESS
APRIL 27, 2020
MARCH 9, 2020
White House Releases "Interoperable Learning Records Landscape Inventory": Staff at the White House compiled this inventory to provide insight into the current landscape of interoperable learning records (ILRs) as of November 2019 (with no intention to update the inventory for subsequent periods).
NOVEMBER 26, 2019
OCTOBER 17, 2019
JULY 26, 2019
JULY 14, 2019
JULY 18, 2019
MAY 13, 2019
MAY 3, 2019
The Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) Awarded 1st Place Winner in PESC's 20th Year Anniversary Best Practices Competition for MyTranscripts | Nova Scotia's Electronic Transcript & Data Exchange System
MARCH 8, 2019
MARCH 7, 2019
AUGUST 8, 2018
Standards Bodies United: The Open Standards Network For Lifelong Learning | A PESC Proposal to Enable Harmonization Across Education and Employment to Streamline Future Development, Approval and Maintenance of Open Data Standards, Resources and Tools
JUNE 5, 2018
APRIL 30, 2018
Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) Wins 1st Place in PESC 19th Annual Best Practices Competition 2018 for One State, Two Initiatives: Indiana's Embrace of e-Transcripts and Credential Engine
APRIL 3, 2018
T3 Innovation Network: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation & Lumina Foundation Join Forces: Exploring Web 3.0 Technology Applications in the Talent Marketplace - Featured Panel at Spring 2018 Data Summit
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
PESC Meets ORA & Signs Bologna Open Recognition Declaration
FEBRUARY 13, 2018
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
AUGUST 14, 2017
APRIL 17, 2017
MARCH 31, 2017
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
PESC To Launch Task Force on JSON Technology
"Systems must be designed to meet the standards and guidelines of NCES…
including the schemas of PESC."
Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant RFA
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009
Created in 1998, eXtensible Markup Language or XML, a specification used in software to define the content of an electronic document, has become widely used in business-to-business transactions. Whether sending data over the web or between applications, XML can be used to transmit both text and the meaning of that text.
XML quickly became popular as by this time programming was no longer bound by file size restrictions. With XML being more easily programmable and more verbose (human readable), PESC launched a study group to analyze and recommend to the PESC Board of Directors what steps PESC should take with regard to XML.
In response, the Board Response to the XML White Paper recommended the establishment of a permanent group to address XML development. On August 4, 2002, PESC launched the Standards Forum for the Education Community.
“The Nova Scotia Council on Admission and Transfer (NSCAT) is excited to become
a PESC Member. We are happy
to support development of the standards
that are key to our success.”
Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer
“Lumina Foundation believes that data standards are an essential aspect for improving data quality, transparency, and interoperability
on competencies and credentials for students, employers, and institutions. We are proud to join the data standards community & support efforts that allow systems to connect data together to ensure the ability of students to pursue further education and employment.”
Amber Garrison Duncan
In the early 1990's the Standardization of Postsecondary Electronic Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE) Committee of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education worked together to develop the first electronic standards in higher education for processing transcripts, which was developed in an existing technology called Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
With the successful launch and implementation of an EDI transcript standard, other data exchange processes were developed in EDI as well, including admissions and test score reporting. Note; While use of EDI grew and continues to be implemented in the registrar and admissions communities, for a number of reasons including programming complexities, the financial aid community did not adopt and implement EDI but works now in XML.
The EDI standards were originally developed under the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the most current version of the EDI suite of transactions is version 4, published in April 1998 and based on X12 Version Release 4010. These standards, however, are no longer maintained under ANSI as the community has agreed to work under PESC as education's standards-setting body, thereby making ANSI's role obsolete. PESC's Education Record User Group, established in 2008 to govern the development and support of all admissions and registrars standards, now also governs all EDI standards and all EDI standards are now considered PESC Approved Standards.
Around 2000, admissions, financial aid, and registrar communities also began developing standards in a new technology called eXtensible Markup Language (XML) under PESC. The launch and use of XML does not mean that use of EDI is obsolete. In choosing which technology to use EDI or XML, organizations must determine the capabilities of the organization with which they exchange data and perform a number of analyses including cost benefit and strategic.
Note: The Statistical Networking Applications Project (SNAP) has published a comprehensive implemetation guide for data exchange between and among PK-12 schools/districts and colleges and universities. These two editions are fully compatible.
"PESC is the platform for innovative,
problem-solving dialogue, which
results in functional standards,
based on real-world business models."
President & CEO
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